Cricket NSW Media
The joy of McDonald’s Men’s NSW Premier Cricket returning on Saturday during the uncertainty of this coronavirus era has been highlighted by eight batsmen scoring centuries in the opening one-day round.
Five batsmen also made scores in the 90s.
Throwing off any suggestions of early season rust, Manly-Warringah’s rising star and NSW Rookie Ollie Davies made his fourth century still three weeks shy of his 20th birthday.
Elsewhere Parramatta captain Nick Bertus made his 15th century, going past 6000 First Grade runs in the process.
Davies made a spectacular 130 from just 86 balls with 11 fours and 7 sixes as Manly put Mosman to the sword at Allan Border Oval, scoring 7/303 from 50 overs. Mosman never got going in reply, bowled out for just 103 in 26 overs as Manly claimed a 200-run victory and a bonus point.
Recently retired NSW Blues stalwart Steve O’Keefe was a bit-part player in Manly’s victory, sending down just three overs without taking a wicket as Jake Carden and Elliott Herd claimed four wickets each.
Bertus scored 144 against Sutherland at Glenn McGrath Oval, taking his Premier Cricket runs tally to 6087 at 40.04.
He added 225 for the second wicket with Gabriel Joseph (102), who scored his fourth century.
After being sent in Parramatta galloped to 7/321, winning by 38 after Sutherland made a bold reply with 6/283 thanks to a 74 in just 55 balls from Dan Fallins.
This followed the recent Blues leg-spinner claiming 4/55.
Western Suburbs also had dual century makers as Josh Clarke (110 not out) scored his 18th century and James Psarakis (102 not out) his fourth century.
They had an unbroken third-wicket partnership of 195 as Wests compiled 2/299 against Blacktown Mounties, who responded with 9/241 at Pratten Park.
Reigning Premiers Randwick Petersham got off to a winning start thanks to Anthony Sams (107) scoring his 10th century.
Randy Petes made 6/255, with Fairfield-Liverpool all out for 197 in reply at Petersham Oval.
Axel Cahlin’s 123 at the top of the order for Northern District set up victory against Campbelltown-Camden at Raby Oval No.1.
His ninth century guided NDs to 6/267, with the Ghosts contained to 8/233 in reply.
Dale McKay’s unbeaten 102 from just 79 balls led Hawkesbury to a home victory against Gordon.